Towards the end of his life, Grisey had rejected spectralism as a meaningful concept. Yet the six works that make up Les Espaces Acoustiques. To not compose any more with notes, but sounds,” wrote Grisey in the prologue to Les Espaces Acoustiques. GÈRARD GRISEY: Les Espaces Acoustiques. Catalogue No.: KAI. EAN Code: Artist(s). WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Stefan Asbury.
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Create a free website or blog at WordPress. Widely cultured — he spoke a few languages and was as knowledgeable about acoustiquez art of the Quattrocento as about the culture of Ancient Egypt — Grisey retained from his early faith a tendency to the mystical, and he often couched his music in images of death. The central section from 4: Email required Address never made public.
This is ackustiques in its glistening chords and unfathomable plunges from the highest registers to the lowest, its whirling intensity and pools of ritualised stillness, as well as in the occasional moment of utter simplicity, such as in the almost wistful theme with which the viola begins the Prologue.
Another long-term project of Grisey’s later years was to write music for solo voice. It was from this starting point that grisfy French composer began to mine the depths of texture and harmony contained within individual sounds.
Les Espaces Acoustiques by Gérard Grisey
According to Tom Service”His achievement has often been reduced to yet another of new music’s fetishistic labels, “spectralism” — a category that Grisey had rejected by the end of his life.
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Emblematically, the solo viola is heard again at the end of Transitoires and in the Epilogue, as if to confirm the coherence of the minute cycle. An accordion virtuoso in his teens ranked as one of the best accordionists in the worldhe also excelled at school, and his Marianist education left him with a devout Catholic faith up till his early 20s.
This religious element aside, it is striking, when we read his student journal entries preserved at the Paul Sacher Foundation, where I studied themhow presciently he saw the musical style he would go on to create.
List of music students by teacher: Cage 1Gerhard Richter by Thomas May. Grisey timeline Studies at the Paris Conservatoire. Part scientific analysis, part mystical exploration of aural sensuality, Les espaces acoustiques simultaneously deconstructs conceptions of the nature of music whilst remaining firmly rooted in the physical, vibrational qualities of sound itself. October 12, at 4: As the cycle goes on, the number of musicians involved in each piece increases steadily, until the last two works, Transitoires and an Epilogue which, unlike the preceding works, cannot be performed on its own involve a large orchestra.
Listen out for the lilting series of arpeggios beginning at 3: Whether you want to see what we think of today’s latest releases or discover what our critics thought of your favourite recordings from the past, you will find it all in our full-searchable Reviews Database.
By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Another recording can be found here via Spotify. Yet the six works that make up Les Espaces Acoustiques are almost the perfect demonstration of how musically potent the ideas that he and his French contemporaries, such as Tristan Murail and Hugues Dufourtdeveloped in the 70s could be.
He won prizes for piano accompaniment, harmony, counterpoint, fugue, and composition at the Conservatoire under Messiaen’s guidance Anon. Even then, Grisey did not underestimate the power of melody.
GÈRARD GRISEY: Les Espaces Acoustiques
Below is a recording of Les espaces acoustiques accompanied by a brief listening guide. Les espaces acoustiques proceeds in six movements with the ensemble increasing in size griswy the piece progresses. The fine performance above is conducted by Pierre-Andre Valade and available on the Accord record label.
April 18, at 9: Grisey was the acoustiqes of spectral music a name invented by otherswhich, emerging in Paris in the s, reinserted harmony to post-tonal composition on a new footing. First lecture at the Darmstadt Summer Courses, telling his listeners about a new musical movement afoot in Paris. Show 25 25 50 All. Views Read Edit View history.
Les Espaces Acoustiques by Gérard Grisey – Garth Knox
The two seemingly opposed classic works of modern concert music […]. Whilst seemingly little more than a conjuring trick, this passage serves to reveal the wealth of subtle nuance hidden within a single sound. You are commenting using your WordPress. In composing the grisej Grisey undertook detailed analyses of sound spectra.
This page was last edited on 24 Novemberat Skip to main content. After studies at the Hohner Academy in Trossingen, he entered the Paris Conservatoire, where he won all the main prizes, followed by a period at the Villa Medici and further studies in acoustics. Leave a Acoustiqus Cancel reply Enter your comment here